10 Self-Care Strategies for Your Lower Back and Knees
The things you do now is a good indicator as to whether you will experience joint pain later in life, but what happens when you get there? Are there ways you can care for you back and knees, for example, that reduce pain and increase mobility? Consider 10 self-care strategies for your lower back and knee joints.
1. Manage Your Posture
It’s the best way to reduce the stress on your lower back. Poor posture is really just a bad habit, one you can break. Focus on pulling your abdominal muscles in when you sit and stand to provide better support to your back.
Don’t use mild pain or stiffness as an excusenot to exercise.The more you move, the more flexible you will be and working out increases muscle strength around critical joints like the knees will reduce your risk of injury.
3. Make Weight Loss a Priority
Excess weight puts stress on both the back and knees but losing as much as 10 percent of your body weight is enough to feel better. Try to stay within10 pounds of your ideal weight to protect your joints.
4. Don’t Smoke
Smoking restricts blood flow to the spinal discs and that can lead to back pain.
5. Go Hot and Then Cold
The combination of heat and icewill relieve muscles strain and lessen the pain in your knees and lower back.
6. Learn to Relax
Stress tightens muscles and that makes everything hurt including your back and knees. Take a yoga class, get a hobby, learn to meditate, do whatever it takes just relax once at least day.
7. Dress for Comfort
Restrictive clothing like skinny jeans pinches nervesand restricts blood flow to the lower back and knee joints.
8. Carry Smart
If you carry a bag, purse or briefcase, pick ones with shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly and avoid the stress on your back.
9. Wear Smart Shoes, too
High heels are joint killers.Put comfort over fashion to prevent low back and knee pain.
10. Think Low Impact
Exercise is essential but consider an activity that protects your back and kneesinstead of stressing them. Swimming is an excellent all-around exercise, for example, one that increases flexibilityand muscle strengthbut is safe for your joints.
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